‘Biblical’ blaze on Dartmoor visible for miles as flames turn sky bright red

A massive 'biblical' fire has turned the sky above red and can be seen glowing on the horizon for miles.

Firefighters are tackling a colossal blaze tearing through grassland in Dartmoor, Cornwall on Thursday night.

Images taken by members of the public living in surrounding areas to Peter Tavy, north-east of Tavistock, show the sheer scale of the fire raging through the countryside.

PlymouthLive photographer Matt Gilley said: "I'm nearing Cadover now, I can't actually see the flames but the hills are like a silhouette from the smoke.

"It's Biblical."

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have deployed five pumps and other units, but its remote location means they are struggling to access the fire, CornwallLive reports.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Our crews are currently at Peter Tavy but we haven't actually accessed the fire yet. We have five pumps and various special appliances."

Rob Steemson, Dartmoor national Park emergency officer, estimated the blaze to be about 5km (3.1 miles) wide and continuing to spread.

Mr Steemson said the fire, which could be seen about 20 miles away in Plymouth, was being stoked by fierce south-westerly winds.

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He explained that no animals or humans are understood to have been caught up in the fire because it is just tearing through "general moorland" made up of heather, gorse and bracken, BBC News reports.

Mr Steemson said: "All being well it will peter out when it goes out of the wind and into the river valleys."

An eyewitness commented: "It's still pretty bad up here, but the fire is on the other side of the ridge. The fire service cannot access it, they are just sat in a layby down the road.

"I'm sat on the top of the hill but fire appliances can't get up to the fire because the roads are all frozen.

"It looks like they will just have to let it burn out; there is nothing they can do; they can't fight it really as it's difficult to fight something when you're going into it rather than from the side or back of it. As far as I can see I cannot see any [fire] vehicles fighting [the blaze].

"I can see some little flames from where I am but it is mainly a big orange glow."

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